Hamze Noorzehi; Death Row Juvenile Offender in Zahedan Prison

HRANA News Agency – Two Afghan juvenile offenders who were born and grew up in Iran, were tried for drug possession while they were under the age of 18 and eventually one of them was sentenced to death in Zahedan. They claim that they have been tortured and the officers hung them from the ceiling using the rope, took their clothes off and plundered them with wood and cable for the purpose of obtaining untrue confessions.

According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), Hamze Noorzehi, juvenile offender from Afghanistan was arrested by security forces when was 17 years old and was sentenced to death by the Revolutionary Court of Zahedan.

HRANA had previously released the letter of Hamze Noorzehi’s cousin and partner in case, in which he described the charges and details of the case.

Hamze Noorzehi, son of AbdulKhaleq, 20, was 17 years old when he was arrested in 2014. He received his death sentence at first stage in 2016 and was informed about the confirmation of the verdict by the Supreme Court in 2017.

The prisoner who is born in Zahedan, does not currently have the first-degree relative to pursue his situation because his family returned to Afghanistan.

He, who was charged with maintenance of one kilogram of crack-like (crystal-morphine) drug, claims that the agents arrested initially him and his partner in the case for alleged theft, but after a while, the charge of drug possession was added to the case.

According to Mr. Noorzehi, agents tortured him for 21 days in various ways at the police station in Zahedan to force him to accept the drug possession charge. Including “hanging him from the roof with the rope, putting his clothes in full tension, taking off his clothes and plundering him with wood and cable.”

He eventually accepted and signed the confession dictated by agents due to physical weakness.

The Afghan juvenile offender was sentenced to death on charge of drug possession by branch one of the Revolutionary Court headed by Judge Mahgeli in 2016. His protests and the statement that he was tortured was not considered by the court.

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